A Sweeter Bike Path @ Toronto’s Junction Triangle

A Sweeter Bike Path @ Toronto’s Junction Triangle

Happy Toronto Day! BTW that is every day for Spaces By Rohan Inc. As one of the very rare Black-owned and operated building design firms, small or large in Toronto, Canada, I actively acknowledge the contributions of good design from wherever and whatever culture it may come from. Why the racial emphasis you may ask? Because as a soul in…

Rohan answers a typical student’s questions. Design and Architecture.

Hi all, Some of you know that have mentored students, clients, other young designers or architect graduates and do answer questions that are put to me in a fair and respectful manner. I have not written about it or announced it in the general media. However it might be time that I use this blog to address some of the…

Part 2 – Lane Homes and Granny Flats: OFF Grid … Even in the City!

This modest little Toronto Lane Home proposal collects and cleans its own water. It collects and stores energy from the sun. It even has a little roof top garden. It replaced 4 derelict garages. In a land, in a city, in a culture that has valued cars and roads more than people, Spaces By Rohan Inc. developed this Laneway House…

Lane Home – Part 1: The Seeds of Evolution and Creativity

Spaces By Rohan Inc. What Lane Homes or Granny Flats really mean for our City of Toronto? … And why limit it to Toronto? I’m not really limiting this discussion to Toronto but if I involve other North American cities some people will be deflected from what I think are the pertinent issues. This Lane Home discussion will be an ongoing…

Finding a way to hope. Nottingham has had me work’n it. Working for hope to counter the unbridled mediocrity so readily available.

Finding a way to hope. Nottingham has had me work’n it. Working for hope to counter the unbridled mediocrity so readily available.

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Hello folks, I’ve been taking a new course with a construction comrade. We have both worked together for many years. He has worked on my stuff for clients and I have physically worked on his stuff for his fellow contractor clients. We have decided to learn more about how money works in the worlds of development finance and real estate…

Week of Nov. 7, 2013 – I’m taking a break this week. Life.

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Driveway House Part 3 – How it came to be. A snapshot on a journey.

Driveway House Part 3 – How it came to be. A snapshot on a journey.

Toronto Design & Architecture

1294 College Street – The Driveway House.   So skip forward 6-8 years: I find myself recently divorced as well as completing 157 Coxwell – the house on Stilts in Toronto – as well as completing a very luxury condominium interior as well spending almost every lunch hour with my senior kindergarden age daughter at school. I would also spend…

Continued … More on the Slow Genesis of ‘The Driveway House’

Continued … More on the Slow Genesis of ‘The Driveway House’

Urban Issues

‘The Driveway House’ is another representation of the architecture of hope. Many people have hope for architecture and good design. We will all express that hope in many ways, every month or year of our existence. Why a driveway in the middle of downtown Nottingham? Did I or do I not have bigger ambitions? Who could live in something so…

… And before ‘The Driveway House’ was the house on stilts, 157 Coxwell Ave. – A.K.A. ‘The Lego House’

… And before ‘The Driveway House’ was the house on stilts, 157 Coxwell Ave. – A.K.A. ‘The Lego House’

The evolution of the driveway house is part of my personal journey of hope. By hope I mean; finding or making hope in unexpected places, in unexpected ways while working with the skills and sensibilities of the people of the community in which I gratefully live. Now some of you think that would be easy and I wish it were,…

1294 College Street, Toronto, Canada – A.K.A. The Driveway House – A ‘Photo’ -spective.

1294 College Street, Toronto, Canada – A.K.A. The Driveway House – A ‘Photo’ -spective.

Urban Issues

Hi Folks it has been a very very busy week for me and I’m grateful to Nottingham (a.k.a. Toronto) for the work.  In the next few weeks I will be writing on the genesis of the Driveway House, otherwise known as 1294 College Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In the meantime let me start off with a few pictures professionally down by…